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Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic and life altering event. The impact of an accident upon a victim can be even more overwhelming if the at-fault party was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.
It is well established that the use of alcohol and drugs can severely impact an individual’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The State of Minnesota generally considers an individual to be illegally operating a motor vehicle if they have:
- an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more;
- an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more, if the person was driving commercial motor vehicle; or
- the presence of a controlled substance in their system.
Minn. Stat. 169A.20
The involvement of alcohol or drugs in an accident can give rise a number of additional claims, including a claim of punitive damages against the at-fault impaired driver and a claim against any licensed liquor establishments or bars that illegally served the at-fault impaired driver (dramshop under the Minnesota Civil Damages Act, Minn. Stat. 340A.801). These types of claims are highly technical and require a skilled litigator that is experienced in prosecuting civil claims that involve intoxicated individuals.
If you have been injured in an accident or incident that involves a drunk or impaired driver, contact one of our attorneys today to set up a free consultation. Our attorneys will work diligently for you to provide the experienced representation you deserve.